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What are the disadvantages of the contraceptive sponge?

What are the disadvantages of the contraceptive sponge?

High failure rate: The failure rate within the first year for patients who have never had a baby before is 9-16%. For patients who have had a baby, the failure rate is 26-30%. If your are looking for non-hormonal contraception, i would recommend an iud or diaphragm. ...Read more

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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


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Who should use the contraceptive sponge?

Who should use the contraceptive sponge?

Someone: Who can't use or does not want to use pills, or hormone contraception, most of my pts do not like the sponge, but it works well for some people who don't mind putting it in before intercourse and then removing it at the appropriate time after. ...Read more

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How could I use the contraceptive sponge?

How could I use the contraceptive sponge?

Good option!: The sponge is a good option for a non-hormonal/barrier form of contraception. It is about 90% effective...If used correctly! easy to use. Single use only (~$3.00 each). Comfortable for you & your partner. Comes with the spermicide embedded in the sponge so less "messy". Can be placed up to 24 hours prior & must be left in place for at least 6 hours after last vaginal intercourse. Diaphragm? ...Read more

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When should you remove the contraceptive sponge?

When should you remove the contraceptive sponge?

6 hours: The contraceptive sponge must be left in place for at least 6 hours after your last sex act. It can be left in the vagina for up to 24 hours even with multiple acts of intercourse. It’s approximately 85% effective, similar to condoms or a diaphragm at protecting against an unplanned pregnancy. Contrast that with birth control pills which are about 95% and the IUD 99% effective. ...Read more

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What are some advantages of the contraceptive sponge?

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What are some advantages of the contraceptive sponge?

None: This is not a very popular nor effective form of birth control. ...Read more

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Any experiences with the contraceptive sponge anymore?

Any experiences with the contraceptive sponge anymore?

Most women: My pts, don't like it, and don't forget to take it out at the appropriate time or it coulkd cause an infection, but for some women it works fine. ...Read more

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Is there any time that I should not use the contraceptive sponge?

Is there any time that I should not use the contraceptive sponge?

Yes: You should not use the contraceptive sponge during your menstrual period because of risks of toxic shock syndrome. You should not use the sponge if you have an allergy to sulfa or nonoxynol 9 spermicide. For other questions regarding the sponge, please see their website at http://todaysponge.Com/faq.Html and http://www.Todaysponge.Com/answers2.Html. ...Read more

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Sex ok without condoms on contraceptive sponge?

Sex ok without condoms on contraceptive sponge?

Doesn't prevent stds: As a contraceptive, the sponge has a high single event contraceptive rate, but as a long term strategy is associated with a fairly high failure rate (approx 20% over a year's time ). The sponge is not a reliable barrier to std transmission. ...Read more

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Please answer me. Is a contraceptive sponge and condom with spermicide effective?

Of course, but ...: Of course, the inquired contraceptive products works well for many, but not suitable for everyone due to personal adaptability, possible related discomfort and convenience, money, etc. Yet, facts: No known contraceptive measures give 100% acceptance and success. For detail? Go to see your gyn-doc / PCP timely. Best wish... ...Read more

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How effective are contraceptive sponges?

How effective are contraceptive sponges?

Best if no delivery: The sponge is more effective for women who have never given birth. If women who have never given birth always use the sponge as directed, 9 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. If women who have never given birth don't always use the sponge as directed, 12 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. 20/100 and 24/100 if previously given birth vaginally. ...Read more

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Where can I buy contraceptive sponges now?

Where can I buy contraceptive sponges now?

Pharmacies and other: "the sponge" is sold and is available over-the-counter at major retailers, family planning clinics, and online. Cost is $9-16. ...Read more

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Can getting cervicitis from contraceptive (Today Sponge) worsen HPV (low risk) conditions or cause warts?

Can getting cervicitis from contraceptive (Today Sponge) worsen HPV (low risk) conditions or cause warts?

No: Both of those conditions are caused by Human Papilloma Virus which is sexually transmitted. Spread can be reduced by the use of condoms. Additionally you can get immunized with Gardisil, which can prevent genital warts and certain HPV strains associated with some cervical cancers. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of two different contraceptives?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of two different contraceptives?

It depends: Every contraceptive has advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on your physical condition, preferences and risk factors. Why not do some research on a web site such as familydoctor.org, which has a good handout on this issue, and then discuss the pros and cons with a doctor who might prescribe contraceptives to you? ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of contraceptives? Side effects?

What are the disadvantages of contraceptives? Side effects?

Big Question: This is a good over view by Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/basics/birth-control-basics/hlv-20049454 ...Read more

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What is the best contraceptives for males?

What is the best contraceptives for males?

Abstinence/vasectomy: To truly avoid pregnancy- abstinence is the best form of contraception- however since it would mean eliminating a desireable behavior- the next best option is vasectomy which is a minor surgical procedure that is permanent- then condomswould be the next option. At this point there are no other forms of male contraception available- but there are active studies working to develop a pill for men. ...Read more

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What contraceptives are preferred most by women?

What contraceptives are preferred most by women?

All women differ: At this point the pill remains the most commonly prescribed form of birth control. But preference can be dependednt on availability and not always related to whats available. The Implanon or iud are methods often desired by women who want longer acting birth control but not permanent- that you dont have to tae daily. The shotfor women w difficult cycles- but ring and patch are also common. ...Read more

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What is the best contraceptive method?

What is the best contraceptive method?

Abstinence! But...: Clearly not having sex is the most effective at 100% (less one person depending on your religion!). A vasectomy is probably the most effective both in terms of cost (long term) and success rate. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud, and Nexplanon implants are the next most effective. These latter two are reversible. Essure tubal implants are permanent and very successful with few side effects. ...Read more

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What is the prefect contraceptive for women?

What is the prefect contraceptive for women?

Varies: The "perfect" contraceptive for any particular woman is the one that is simple, easy, and available and that provides excellent contraception with minimal side effects, inconvenience, and expense. It will not necessarily be the same for every woman. ...Read more

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